"VEHICLE USE IN CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE IS NOT MOTORIZED RECREATION, IT IS MOTORIZED ACCESS"
U.S. CONGRESSMAN WALTER B. JONES JR. R-NC
31.5 miles of shoreline of the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore are now "off limits". because
as many as 20 of these guys could be threatened.
HATTERAS ISLAND INFORMATION
Hatteras street scene 1946
Hatteras Island, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras is a bend in Hatteras Island, one of the long thin barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks. It is the site where the two great basins of the East Coast meet. These are the Mid-Atlantic Bight, from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras, and the South Atlantic Bight, from Cape Lookout to Cape Canaveral. Also near Cape Hatteras, two major Atlantic currents collide, namely the southerly-flowing cold water Labrador Current and the northerly-flowing warm water Gulf Stream. The collision of two major currents creates turbulent waters and a large expanse of shallow sandbars extending up to 14 miles (23 km) offshore. These shoals are known as Diamond Shoals. Somewhat analogous to Point Conception in Southern California, this on-the-edge placement at the confluence of the Labrador and Gulf Stream currents leads to unusually diverse biological assemblages. Many species' ranges have either a southern or northern terminus at the cape.
Satellite Image of Cape Hatteras